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The Avid Artist Color is a control surface that works with a lot of applications. My specific interest was in using it with DaVinci Resolve, but it also works with Avid Media Composer, Symphony, Apple Color, Assimilate SCRATCH, Autodesk Smoke for Mac, Baselight, NuCoda Fuse, RedCine-X, Foundry Storm and more.

Find Pricing on Avid Artist Color – Color Grading Control Surface

Here is my video review of this control surface:

Summary: The Avid Artist Color represents a real sweet spot in a color grading control surface. It is well-built, responsive and pretty affordable. The large number of applications it can control is the icing on the cake.

 

Disclosure: I requested a temporary review unit of this item for a few weeks in order to prepare this review. I encourage you to review my general ethics statement.

Update 3/24/2012:

Some folks have asked if I have seen the new Tangent Element controller set. I have not yet had the privilege of trying them out, but I’ve looked at high rez photos and spoken with a couple of folks that saw prototypes and really liked them. Of course that’s no substitute for trying the real thing over an extended review period, but I have to say the more horizontal form factor looks good and early intel on build quality seems quite favorable. The full set of 4 panels is also a fair bit pricier at $3500 so it’s up to the individual user to weigh its benefits against lower cost panels like this $1500 Artist Color. If I can arrange a demo set I will.

I’m very happy to present the final episode of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve”.

In this episode:
Steve and I get down to grading some projects. We each take one of our real world projects and grade it, then hand it off to the other for an alternate grade. This episode is very hands-on, working in Resolve to get the job done.

Note: If you want some great, affordable DaVinci Resolve training, here’s a great recommendation: Alexis Van Hurkman’s brand new release via Ripple Training: DaVinci Resolve Core Training. Definitely check it out!

Episode 6 of 6: Color Grading Sessions

About the show:
“In Production” is a video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This is the sixth and final episode in our series on DaVinci Resolve.

Carey’s blog is at http://www.careydissmore.com
Steve’s Blog is at http://www.steveoakley.net

Here’s something I’ve been eagerly anticipating for quite awhile. Ripple Training has released “DaVinci Resolve Core Training” featuring instructor Alexis Van Hurkman. I have long been a fan of Alexis from his book “Color Correction Handbook” , his speaking engagements, and the fact that he’s the guy that literally wrote the Resolve manual!

I’m posting this in an excited state – I have only reviewed a portion of the training so far but I have to shoot  straight and tell you that what I’ve seen so far is very good and already worth the price of admission. I’ll be happy to follow up when I’ve seen it all.

The best part? It’s just $79 bucks and is an immediate download…with practice media. That’s “impulse purchase” pricing for something that might just give you a basis to launch a new chapter in your career.

Also, don’t forget to check out “In Production“, my production business chat show where where we have a 6-part series on DaVinci Resolve.

Disclosure: I was advanced a review copy of this training. I encourage you to review my general ethics statement.

 

Presenting episode 5 of “In Production:DaVinci Resolve”!

In this episode:

Carey and Steve discuss why you might want to use a control surface, and the options in controllers that are out there. We’ll also discuss monitoring very pragmatically, and offer some straight talk on the number one job of your monitor. It’s probably not what you think!

BONUS: Check out the video embedded below on “Metamerism Failure”. A scientific explanation of why monitors can be accurately calibrated and still not match each other!

Episode 5 of 6: Controllers and Monitors


About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

The final episode will be released right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

BONUS: Explaining Metamerism Failure

Flanders Scientific, makers of very high quality reference monitors has released this video… an excellent explanation of metamerism failure. The best, most accurate explanation I’ve ever seen as to why different monitor types can measure as calibrated accurately and still look different to your eyes when compared SIDE-BY-SIDE. This is an excellent counterpoint that illustrates why it might not be the best idea for me to be running my LCD, CRT and plasma monitors all at once in my edit/grading suite.

I strongly urge you to watch this video. Then watch it again. It’s dropping serious knowledge that will help you understand human vision, display technology and generally be a better video pro.

Presenting episode 4 of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve” !

In this episode:
Carey and Steve get into setting up a Resolve system and what machines will run it. We talk about GPU acceleration, CUDA vs. OpenCL, Red Rocket, laptops, iMacs, and Resolve Lite-the FREE version.

Missed the first three episodes? They’re all here.

Episode 4 of 6: Setting Up A Resolve System


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About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

Presenting episode 3 of “In Production: DaVinci Resolve” !

In this episode:
Carey and Steve talk get into an overview of the Resolve workflow. We’ll explore a number of different ways to get projects in and out of Resolve, some great features AND gotchas, and express an opinion or two along the way.

Missed the first two episodes? They’re right here.

Episode 3 of 6: Resolve Workflow Overview

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About the show:
“In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This series on DaVinci Resolve will be released in 6 episodes.

Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

I’m very happy to present a brand new blog show.

In Production” is a brand new video chat program where hosts Carey Dissmore (that’s me) and Steve Oakley discuss tools and topics related to the video production business from their unique perspective as independent production business owner/operators.

This show will be produced periodically as series around specific topics. Our first series is on the topic of Color Grading and DaVinci Resolve. This series is comprised of 6 episodes, to be released weekly. The first two episodes are embedded below.

We hope you like this show and, as always, welcome your comments. Cheers.

Episode 1 of 6: Introduction

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Episode 2 of 6: Color Grading Basics

Direct YouTube link

Additional episodes will be released weekly right here on CareyDissmore.com and also on SteveOakley.net

Go Get Em!

Link to downloads page.

Blackmagic Design today released Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1, a software update for its capture and playback products that adds broadcast monitoring support with the new Final Cut Pro X 10.0.3 update.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 for Mac OS X is available for download now and is free of charge for all Blackmagic Design customers. This update includes support for all current DeckLink, Multibridge, Intensity and UltraStudio models.

Broadcast monitoring in Final Cut Pro 10.0.3 allows video output to external monitors and other equipment using the SDI, HDMI or analog video outputs from Blackmagic Design video hardware.

Desktop Video 9.2 beta 1 includes a new control panel for selecting the video output format from Final Cut Pro X for output to devices such as broadcast quality monitors, HDTVs and projectors, so you can see exactly what your master will look like in television colorspace.

 

Following up on my last post about Thunderbolt technology, I continue the discussion and veer into some scary territory: Contemplating the future of the Mac Pro in video post production.

So what do you think? Is there a future for the Mac Pro? Will you be migrating to Windows for production? Maybe you already have? Maybe years ago?

Central to the discussion is at what point do you let your need for performance take precedence over your preferred operating system?

Leave a comment!

Update:

ARS Technica has just posted the following article: Why the video pros are moving away from Apple. 

While I may not agree with everything in it, that’s beside the point. It goes to show I’m not alone in mulling (and frankly dreading) dealing with this.

Update 2:

My addendum clarifying details about my wishes for Mac Pro as well as confirming my excitement for Thunderbolt technology (starts at 2:06 on this video post).

Blackmagic Design has released DaVinci Resolve for Windows as a public beta. Wow are they moving fast with this. I am very excited about this development, along with the fact that Resolve is now a free app for many users working in HD. This is a seriously powerful color grading system that I have been using for several months now. More to come on that soon.

Milpitas, USA – December 15, 2011 – Blackmagic Design today announced DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Microsoft Windows™ public beta is now available for download. DaVinci Resolve for Windows public beta is available in both the full featured DaVinci Resolve 8.2 and free DaVinci Resolve Lite versions. The DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows license is included with the Mac OS X version, so all current Mac OS X customers automatically get a license for the Windows version, and can download it now to use in their facility.

Availability and Price

DaVinci Resolve for Microsoft Windows 7™ public beta is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design web site free of charge for all current DaVinci Resolve customers. When released, DaVinci Resolve 8.2 for Windows will be included with the Mac OS X version for US$995. DaVinci Resolve Lite will be available for both Mac OS X and Windows 7, free of charge.

The full text of the announcement can be read here.